Breathwork FAQ

What is Pause Breathwork?
Pause Breathwork is a method where we use continual breathwork to break down emotions
in the body that are stagnant and create havoc on our energetic systems. Breathwork is a
practice of allowing our systems to see a different perspective whereby we feel deeply
connected to our bodies and understand and experience the intelligence contained within our
systems. Pause Breathwork is a way to heal, release, and transform.


How is Pause Breathwork different from other breathing
patterns and modalities?

The core difference is that Pause Breathwork is for healing and transformation. There are a
lot of breathing practices where the goal or outcome is relaxation, but with Pause, relaxation
and connection are an after effect of the practice. The goal with Pause is to unearth the stuck
energy that prevents us from living in our highest alignment and operating in elevated
frequencies.


What are the different types of breathwork?
The Pause technique offers two different types of breathwork practices: integrative and
meditative. The integrative practices are the the practices that can be used during the day, in
combination with your daily activities. The intention for integrative breathwork practices is
rooted in relaxation and mental clarity. The meditative practices are for transformation.
Meditative practices are done lying down on a mat in privacy or with a group. Meditative
practices are guided by a trained Pause Facilitator.


How is Pause Breathwork similar to Holotropic Breathwork?

There are elements of Pause that are similar to Holotropic. With Pause, we have intentionally
created the journeys for specific emotional blocks, meaning the sessions are specific to the
desired outcome or the theme of the session. Pause Breathwork is heavily focused on using
the practice as a means of embodiment and energetic integration within our students. We use
the body’s intelligence as a reference to integrate these states and frequencies in everyday
life.


What are the benefits of breathwork?

Immediate stress reduction & anxiety relief.
Connect with your emotions & change your response to them.
Revitalizes your organs.
Gives you access to your higher power.
Reduces toxins in your body & provides an energetic release.
More energy & mental clarity.
Deepens your relationship to your body.
Release trauma that has been stuck in your system for years.


What are common side effects of breathwork?
Breathwork is a completely safe practice; however, the body will respond in physical ways
that may seem odd. Tetany is the most common physical side effect; it’s where your hands will
curl inwards toward your heart. This usually passes within 15 minutes of completing the
practice. Your ears may ring for about 20 minutes after breathwork. During the session, your
body may shake, move around, or you’ll feel the need to scream. This is all part of the
energetic release.


My hands are cramping – is this normal?
Yes, this is completely normal. This is called tetany, an involuntary contraction of the muscles
leading to temporary paralysis of some part of the body, usually the hands, feet, face, or
around the waist. It can be a little painful, but is perfectly harmless. It will pass as soon as you
soften the exhale. Tetany can be caused by over breathing past the point of what the body
feels is normal. It usually arises from resistance to unconscious material wanting to come to
the surface. The energy escapes from our extremities–our hands–thus causing tetany to
occur. Tetany in the hands can mean you’re holding onto something. If this happens, ask
yourself: what am I holding on to?

I feel a lot of uncomfortable emotions. Is this part of the process?
Completely, in fact, this is exactly what we want to happen. The intention with Pause
Breathwork is to release the emotions that are on the surface. The stuck energy we are
holding onto needs to be released with crying, screaming, shaking, and moving the body. Each
practice will be completely different. Allow for the variety – some breathwork experiences
will be blissful and loving, others will be more intense. Trust that whatever experience you’re
meant to have will unfold.


I am getting visuals, is this normal?
Completely normal. When we are releasing energy from the body, we will tap into emotions
that call upon images from this life or previous lives. About 30% of people will get visuals
when they are doing breathwork, or they will begin to get visuals the more they practice
breathwork.


Is breathwork safe for pregnant women?
Breathwork is not recommend for pregnant women. The practice can create intense
emotionality within the system, which may create emotional disruption for the baby.
Breathwork is highly recommended prenatal to allow for the release of past trauma and to
create a healthy energetic environment for the baby, as well as postnatal. Breathwork is safe
to use when breastfeeding.


I have high blood pressure, is this safe for me?
If you have any medical conditions or are currently taking medication, please consult your
doctor before starting breathwork. Medical conditions may include, but are not limited to,
high blood pressure, depression, kidney disease, heart disease, chronic panic attacks, and
asthma.


Is breathwork safe for children?
Breathwork is safe for children; however, being in an altered state of consciousness with
intense emotionality might be jarring on their system. For children, sticking to the Pause
Integrative Exercises will be most appropriate. This decision is ultimately up to the caregiver
or parent.


How often should I do breathwork?
It’s important to listen to your body when you are checking in with this question. Breathwork
is completely safe to do every single day, or twice a day. However, you want to first ask
yourself, “What is my intention for my practice?” Ask yourself the why behind wanting to
complete the practice. There are absolutely no downsides for increasing the duration of your
sessions or the number of sessions completed on a weekly basis.

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